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Microsoft tries dual-screen phones (again) with Surface Duo 2

With faster performance, bigger screens with a 90Hz refresh rate, and a triple-lens camera, Microsoft has fixed virtually all of the original Surface Duo’s shortcomings.

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Microsoft is not giving up on its dual-screen Surface Duo phone running Android. The new Surface Duo 2 addresses virtually all of the shortcomings of the original.

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The Duo 2 hardware feels even more premium than the original. The biggest design change is the addition of a triple-lens camera on the rear.

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It’s a big camera bump, alright

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It’s so big that the Duo 2 can’t fully fold without a gap.

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To take photos with the triple-lens camera you need to hold the Duo 2 up like a Nintendo 3DS

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Bigger displays

Each screen now measures 5.8-inches (1,344 x 1,892). Combined, they form an 8.3-inch PixelSense Fusion display.

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Scrolling is so much smoother thanks to a 90Hz refresh rate for both screens

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90Hz is just as smooth for apps “spanned” in fullscreen across both displays.

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Microsoft’s curved the glass lamination into the hinge to make the gap between the dual screens narrower

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Unfortunately, this transparent version will not be for sale.

It’s a dope look at the insides, though.

Someone, please make transparent phones. I beg you.

Speaking of the gap: It doubles as a notification bar for incoming calls and messages

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More apps and games are optimized for the Duo 2 compared to a year ago

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Yes, that’s Xbox on the Duo 2.

Still the finest hinge in any smartphone ever. It feels super solid and smooth.

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Microsoft loves hinges and is really good at designing them.

The Duo 2 supports the Surface Slim Pen

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The still stylus magnetically clips to the front, too.

Hello? Yes, it’s me.

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$1,499

The price is the same as the original Duo.

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I was a fan of the Surface Duo even with below flagship performance and iffy software. Microsoft looks to have taken all the criticism to heart. $1,500 is still a lot of money for a dual-screen phone. I’ll have to see whether the Duo 2 is worth the money with all the upgrades when it arrives on October 21.

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SPECS:

• Dual 5.8-inch 90Hz AMOLED displays

• Snapdragon 888 5G chip

• 128GB, 256GB, 512GB of storage

• 8GB of RAM

• 4,449 mAh battery

• Rear cameras: 12MP f/1.7 wide + 12MP f/2.4 2x telephoto + 16MP f/2.2 ultrawide (110° FOV)

• Selfie camera: 12MP f/2.0

• 5G Sub-6 + mmWave (U.S. only)

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